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- UVA Involvement & Volunteering
- Jobs, Internships & Fellowships
- Teaching Abroad
- Graduate School Programs
Volunteering is a great way to gain experience in teaching, training, mentoring, and counseling roles. For example, participating in one of the various mentoring or peer education programs at UVA can help you develop helping and advising skills. There are many service-oriented organizations that support Education, Counseling, & Youth Development programs here on-grounds and locally in Charlottesville.
- Madison House Programs (HELP Line, Cavs in the Classroom, ESOL, Tutoring, Big Siblings, Athletics, Youth Mentoring, etc.)
- Young Women Leaders Program
- UVA Programs and Activities for Kids
- College Mentors for Kids
- Career Peer Educators at the UVA Career Center
- Health Peer Educators at the Elson Student Health Center
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia
- ReinventEd Lab and Spark Education @ HackCville
- Active Minds at UVA
- Student-Faculty Partnerships to enhance teaching/learning
- Women in Math & Science
- MACAA Head Start (early childhood)
- Volunteers with International Students, Staff, and Scholars (VISAs)
- Student organizations listed by career interest
Gaining experience in Education, Counseling, & Youth Development can sometimes be tricky as you must be licensed in order to teach or counsel students in many positions. It's also hard to find summer internships when many schools are closed during the summer. Get creative about ways to work with youth and gain experience - perhaps working at a summer camp, tutoring, or interning in the education department of an art museum. Substitute teaching at your local high school during winter break is a great way to get paid and gain experience. Shadowing a licensed professional in social work or related field is a good way to become familiar with the profession.
The job search in these fields will vary depending on the type of position you are looking for. Remember to do your research - examine the various types of work environments, determine what education or certification is required based on the job or state regulations, and remember to think about positions that are outside the typical environment.
Here are some examples of internships and job boards in the Education, Counseling, & Youth Development field. Make sure to check out the Jobs & Internships section of our website for information about how to effectively search and apply for positions and reach out to our Internship Center with questions.
Internships and Summer Opportunities
- Monticello Internships - Includes Education & Library internships
- Summer and Saturday Enrichment Program at UVA - Summer Teacher & Residential Counselor positions
- Virginia Institute of Autism (VIA) - Internships and volunteer opportunities
- Psychology Opportunities - Pre-professional internships for undergraduates and graduate students
- Summer Research Initiative (SRI) at the University of Maryland, College Park - Program encourages diversity of scholars working in social/behavioral science
- The Language Sciences Research lab at The Ohio State University - 10 week paid summer program for undergraduates interested in language
- National Institute of Child Health and Development R25 Summer Research Program at the University of Oregon - Research options in Linguistics and Psychology
- Linguistics Field School, an NSF REU site hosted by Swarthmore and Haverford Colleges - 5 week program: 2 weeks at Haverford and 3 weeks of community work in Mexico or in the Navajo Nation
Fellowships and Teaching Corps Programs
- Teach for America - Check out these Tips for Applying and Application Deadlines
- City Year - 11-mo. Americorps program in multiple U.S. cities.
- TNTP Teaching Fellows Programs - Regional teaching corps programs in D.C., NYC, etc.
- Boston Teacher Residency - one year, full-time Americorps service program (3-year commitment option)
- Knowledge is Power (KIPP) Capitol Teaching Residency - Teach in a DC Public Charter School, 3-year commitment
- Blue Engine - Teaching Assistant Fellowships in New York City
- Math for America - Fellowship for aspiring math teachers, includes 1-year master's in education program
- Urban Teachers - Teaching Residency program in Baltimore and D.C.
- Richmond Teaching Residency - Residency program through VCU. Special Education, Middle School STEM, and Secondary tracks
- Teach Kentucky - Recruits students to teach in public middle and high schools, do not need to be an Education major
- Breakthrough Collaborative - 9-week Teaching Residency for students who aspire to be teachers
- Match Education - Two programs in Boston: Match Corps is a one-year urban education fellowship, Match Teacher Residency is two years and includes graduate school.
- Virginia College Advising Corps - Americorps program. Help high school students with college applications
- Jumpstart Americorps Program - Early Childhood
- James Madison Graduate Fellowship - Fellowship for history teachers
- Fair Girls Fellowship Program - Future leaders in anti trafficking
Independent Schools: Co-Teaching and Internship Programs
- Greenwich Country Day School Co-Teacher Program - one to two-year immersion program for PreK-3rd grade near New York City
- Charles C. Alexander Teacher-Intern Program - one year, salaried position in Groton, MA. Includes supervised teaching, observing, and help with coaching.
Nonprofit Job & Internship Boards
- Idealist.org - Internship, volunteer and job opportunities in nonprofits and government agencies across the country.
- ConnectVA - Internship, volunteer and job opportunities in nonprofits in Richmond and Central Virginia.
- The Center for Nonprofit Excellence - Internship, volunteer and job opportunities in Charlottesville and the surrounding area. Check out the member directory for contacts at local organizations.
Teaching overseas is a great way to gain teaching experience, test out the profession, improve your language skills, and become immersed in another culture. There are many different avenues and organizations you can go through to teach abroad - here are a few programs and resources we recommend.
- Fulbright: English Teaching Assistantships
- UK Fellows Program
- Teaching Assistant Program in France
- Peace Corps Education Program
- U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity
- Search Associates
- International Educator Placement of America (IEPA)
- The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET)
- Teach for China
- CIEE Teach English Abroad
- Dave's ESL Cafe
There are a variety of graduate school programs you might be interested in within the Education, Counseling, & Youth Development field, including but not limited to a Master's in Teaching degree. Check out programs at the UVA Curry School of Education or attend our Graduate & Professional School Fair in the fall semester to learn more about graduate school programs. MastersinEducation.net provides some information about obtaining your M.Ed., and the Special Education Guide website provides information about masters degrees in Special Education. You can also search for a graduate program in higher education, student affairs, and related fields through the Student Affairs Graduate Program Directory.
- Top Education Graduate Schools (according to U.S. News & World Report)
- Top Social Work Graduate Schools (according to U.S. News & World Report) Ranking of Social Work Programs (according to Social Psychology Network)
- Top Library Graduate School Programs (according to U.S. News & World Report)
- Top Clinical Psychology Programs (according to U.S. News & World Report)
- Speech Language Pathology (according to U.S. News & World Report)
Unique Graduate School Programs - Teaching
Funding Ideas for Graduate School (Teaching)
- 50 Scholarships for Education & Teaching (MastersInSpecialEducation.com)
- 50 Private Scholarships for Teachers and Educators (Great Value Colleges)
- 10 ways teachers can get money for grad school (Concordia University)
- Financial Aid & Scholarships (Teach.org)